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Medical News & Perspectives
February 24, 1999

Patients in Pain Need Round-the-Clock Care

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JAMA. 1999;281(8):689-690. doi:10.1001/jama.281.8.689

Atlanta—Pain and sleep ride a seesaw: when pain pushes up, sleep quality falls. When sleep bounces back, pain may sink down. The search for better ways to keep pain grounded and boost sleep satisfaction brought physicians, nurses, psychologists, and other health care professionals to a symposium, Pain and Sleep: A Critical Interface, at the Emory University Conference Center here last month.

The meeting, sponsored by Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the School of Medicine's Department of Neurology, brought investigators from the United States and Canada to explore the effects of cancer, arthritis, headaches, and other chronic disorders on pain and sleep and to learn the benefits of numerous clinical interventions on these states.

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